Queerly Beloved: Fox and His Friends
Prodigious filmmaker Rainer Werner Fassbinder casts himself as the titular Fox, whose sudden lottery win makes him a target for his bougie boyfriend. Fox and his opportunistic friends scheme and despair in a series of brilliantly conceived set pieces—including a dinner party from hell—as they spin a web of melodrama, money and sharp social commentary. Fassbinder’s 26th film offers a controversial view of relationship dynamics that, while firmly set in West Germany’s gay community, foregrounds issues of class and exploitation over sexual politics.
In German, with English subtitles.
Queerly Beloved is presented in partnership with Paradise.
- “Begins with the materials of soap opera, and expands them into an indictment of society.” – Roger Ebert
- “Sharp and precise, especially in Fassbinder’s attention to distinctions of class and status.” – New Yorker
- “A work of brilliant intelligence” – Time Out